Thursday, September 24, 2020

This is bullshit

On March 13, three plainclothes police officers kicked in Breonna Taylor's door under a no-knock warrant targeting another person. When a person inside reasonably assumed they were home invaders and (this being America) started shooting, they shot up the place and everyone around them - killing Taylor. Today, one of them has finally been charged - but not for killing her:

A police officer has been charged over the narcotics raid that resulted in the fatal shooting of a black woman at her home in the US state of Kentucky.

Breonna Taylor, 26, a hospital worker, was shot multiple times as officers stormed her home on 13 March.

Brett Hankison has been charged, not with Ms Taylor's death, but with "wanton endangerment" for firing into a neighbour's apartment in Louisville.

Two other officers who were involved have not been charged.

So why aren't they being charged with manslaughter, or murder given the depraved indifference required for the "wanton endangerment" charge? Apparently, because in America, "self-defence" means you get to kill everyone around you, whether they are an actual threat or not. Trained police officers acting in the course of their duties apparently cannot be expected to distinguish between those breaking the law, and those who are merely bystanders, and must be allowed to murder who they please, with no oversight.

This is bullshit. And it shows that America's "justice" system is fundamentally incapable of providing justice against even the footsoldiers of those in power. And that being the case, I'm not sure why people should even pretend to engage with it, rather than seeking justice by other means.